A mum-of-two who launched a side-hustle as a professional Christmas tree decorator is set to make up to £2,000 from the business.
Janine Ralph started taking bookings in July for the festive season after she was inundated with responses when she launched the service on Facebook last year.
The 30-year-old upped her prices and is now charging £40 for a 7ft tree, Wales Online reports.
The mum decided to turn her love of interior design into a side-hustle last year and has now started working her way through 27 bookings.
Janine, Withywood, Bristol, is also aiming to vastly increase her profit this year and forecasts she’ll earn around £2,000, compared to last year’s profit of £300.
She said: “I’ve always loved interior design and decorating my own house.
“All my friends said I should do it as a service – and I never looked back. I thought I’ll give it a go again this year because I really enjoy it.
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“When I announced my books were open back in July, loads of people booked in straight away. It’s half way through November and I’m fully booked up.”
Creative Janine, who also runs an independent gift business, has different prices depending on the service.
The standard is £40 but if a client needs her to assemble the tree and sort the lights, she will up her price.
While she has had no formal training, her creative eye and online inspiration has helped her to create the perfect Christmas tree. She either uses clients’ own decorations or charges an extra fee to buy some to bring with her to use – including more unique items such as mesh and ribbon.
Janine has already exceeded her original goal of £1,000 and is hoping to hit £2,000, with the cash being enough to “completely cover” the cost of her family’s Christmas.
She said: “The extra cash will help out loads – it will cover the cost of Christmas this year. I love doing it as well – I get a little kick out of it when people compliment my work.
“I’m very fussy – if I don’t think it looks right, I’ll move things around. Every tree I do needs to look perfect.”
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